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A Son’s Death, A Father’s Journey

April 27, 2013

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By David Ettinger Through his son Richie, Bob Myers has taken many journeys. • There was the journey of living and coping with his son’s homosexuality. • There was the journey of realizing his shortcomings as a father. • There was the journey of watching his son battle the punishing ravages of AIDS. • There […]

Lydia House Provides Transition From Jail

April 24, 2013

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By David Ettinger It is a cold fact of post-jail life: Once inmates are released, too often they are left on their own. Sometimes they are released in the middle of the night with no one to greet them and nowhere to go. It is no wonder many former inmates find themselves incarcerated again a […]

Judge Gives Life to Christ Weeks Before Death

April 10, 2013

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By David Ettinger It’s a salvation story of epic 11th-hour proportions. Its cast includes a lifelong unsaved judge, a wife desperate to see her husband come to faith in Jesus Christ, and a faithful Southern Baptist pastor who spoke the right words at just right time. Bob Wattles of Orlando, Fla., was a longtime Orange […]

Caylee Anthony Remembered at First Baptist Orlando

February 21, 2013

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By David Ettinger (Published Feb. 11, 2009) Despite fears of protests and disruptions, the memorial for Caylee Marie Anthony turned out to be a calm respite despite the storm that has engulfed the Anthony family. The February 10 morning service at First Baptist Church of Orlando was every bit a call for people to give […]

Joe Gibbs Delivers Powerful Message of Salvation

May 6, 2010

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By David Ettinger With a gentle spirit and simple yet powerful message, NFL Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs took the Gospel to Central Florida and saw more than 200 people give their lives to Jesus Christ. Gibbs, who won three Super Bowls as head coach of the Washington Redskins and took home two NASCAR […]

Behind-Bars Baptisms

May 5, 2010

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By David Ettinger Note: No cameras were allowed inside the facility, so no pictures were taken. It was an impactful experience for First Orlando Senior Pastor David Uth. “Walking into a room filled with prisoners of all types and realizing that we are all one in Christ was amazing,” he said. “I understood that there […]

A Baptism Marriage Proposal

May 5, 2010

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By David Ettinger For Becky Henry, it was a total surprise. For Todd Render, it was a moment he will never forget. Caption: Todd Render comes up out of the water after being baptized. The two First Orlando members became engaged on Sunday, July 28, during the 10:45 a.m. “Not Ashamed” baptism celebration. “I knew […]